1) Actor Harrison Ford is the narrator for “Dalai
Lama Renaissance.” Harrison Ford’s films are the second highest grossing
at the world-wide box-office than any other actor in history. He also
works actively to preserve the environment, and has spoken before Congress
about China and Tibet. “Dalai Lama Renaissance” is the 5th
documentary that Harrison Ford has narrated.
2) “Dalai Lama Renaissance” features well-known Western
innovative thinkers interacting with the Dalai Lama, including two stars
from the hit theatrical documentary, “What the Bleep Do We Know”:
Quantum Physicists and best-selling authors Fred Alan Wolf and
Amit Goswami. Other notable figures in the film include renowned and
charismatic Social Scientist Jean Houston, and AGAPE
International Spiritual Center
founder Michael Bernard Beckwith, and many others.
3) This is the first theatrical feature film about the
Dalai Lama distributed for many years.
4) Provides a unique intimate experience with the Dalai
Lama, rarely captured on film.
5) World-Class music has been offered for the film,
including from Henry Reid (who is a contributor to the
Grammy-nominated group “Manheim Steamroller” and studied under composer
Henri Mancini), one of the greatest Sitar players in the world Roop
Verma (who is a protégé of legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar and
Indian music legend Ali Akbar Khan), and renowned Tibetan musician
Tashi Dhondup Sharzur. The film’s Music Supervisor, Michel Tyabji,
has lived in Africa and India, and his recording company has recorded
several African superstar musicians, and has distributed and sold millions
of their CDs. We are continuing to receive a great deal of interest from
top-notch composers to contribute their music to the film, and expect
additional musicians to contribute to the documentary.
6) The producers of the documentary have won numerous
awards for their previous production work, and have had their previous
projects aired on the History Channel, PBS stations, CBS, NBC and other
7) The film has been edited in a cinematic and visually
interesting way, so that the visuals of the film are as powerful as the
storyline. The documentary is not structured like a conventional dry
one-camera documentary. It is visually, intellectually, and musically
8) The film is beautifully shot by a 5 camera film crew,
and captures the culture and beautiful scenery of India.
9) The film has a strong dramatic structure and character
arc, with many of the real-life characters going through profound change
by the end of the film.
10) The film features Tibetan dance, music and mythology,
including the exquisite Tibetan “Lhamo Opera.”
11) The purpose of the film is to create a powerful
cinematic documentary that is commercially successful, but more
importantly, that inspires and uplifts audiences so that they feel
transformed in a positive way after viewing the film.
12) The film is being produced by the “Wakan Foundation
for the Arts,” a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation that has the
aim of “uplifting and serving humanity through the arts.” All profit from
the film will be used for other nonprofit purposes, including one-third of
the profits supporting the preservation of Tibetan culture.
13) The documentary has been screened in front of several
test audiences, and has received a very positive response, with some
viewers stating that they have been profoundly changed after watching the
14) The documentary will be transferred to film, and
entered into the Academy Award competition, as well as into the Sundance
and other major film festivals.